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The Last Place on Earth: v. 1&2 (National Geographic) [Hardcover]

Michael Nichols , J. Michael Fay
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25 Nov 2005 National Geographic
The photographs in The Last Place on Earth are the best wildlife images in the world today. The groundbreaking photography in Volume I presents wildlife as if the viewer is on the scene and closeup. This is accomplished with gadgetry developed at National Geographic under the guidance of Michael Nichols. The new technology allows Nichols to set aside the usual telephoto lenses that magnify and flatten subjects, freeing him to use more normal lenses with special lighting. The resulting pictures come the closest to bridging the gap between wildlife and humanity than any photographs have ever done. Pictures cover the rough and amazing beauty of central Africa's wildlife and terrain-many images have never been seen-for example, surfing hippos and sun-bathing buffalo. Volume II highlights a facsimile of Mike Fay's original journal. It is real-life drama at its very best. Nichols' stunning black and white images of the arduous journey illustrate Fay's detailed entries. Together the set constructs a portrait of central African forests before their greatness succumbs to the inexorable nibble of humanity. Threats by armed-poachers, disease, and despair are offset by moments of utter astonishment: Fay befriends a gorilla, Ebobo, whom he first met seven years before. At one point along the trip the gorilla was seen waiting for Fay to catch up. As a result of Nichols' and Fay's work, the government of Gabon created 13 national parks protecting 11,294 square miles.

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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Books; Box Pck edition (25 Nov 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0792238818
  • ISBN-13: 978-0792238812
  • Product Dimensions: 39 x 29 x 7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 987,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you want to feel like you are really there 9 May 2009
Of course having lived in Gabon this was a must buy item. What an awsome book and packaged superbly. The pictures along with the narrative diary of the journey through the native untouched bush takes you there. It really is like they say - wild and untouched. This book is just an easier way of enjoying the experience. Highly recommend as a table top book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Extraordinary Treasure 13 Sep 2005
By S. Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
This "boxed set", consisting of a large case containing two extraordinary books, is one of the most satisfying purchases I have ever made.

In case you don't know, here is the background on the "Last Place on Earth":

Mike Fay is a scientist with the Wildlife Conservation Society who, outraged at destruction Congo Basin forests, decided to walk across the heart of Africa in order to document the undisturbed wild before it was lost. Over a year later, after innumerable hardships, wonders and adventures, Fay finally emerged from the forest to the waters of the Atlantic, ready to report back to the world what he had learned. Fay's stories and Nichols' photographs of this "megatransect" were so affecting that Gabon's president, in an unprecedented boon to world conservation, decided that his country's forests had value beyond their timber and designated vast tracts of Gabon as new national parks.

The first and much larger of the two books in this set, contains at least 100 full-color, full-page photographs of the landscapes, animals and peoples of the African forests. The photographs are amazing: gritty and beautiful. They are the closest thing to being there.

The second book contains black and white photos of Fay and his troop as they make their way across the Congo, and text by Fay himself. We learn how Fay came to be infatuated with saving the wilds as a teenager at a Maine summer camp, and how he came up with the idea of the megatransect, how he endured it, and how he was able to use such a "stunt" to create enormous changes in Gabon.

In the end, Fay seems to be the environmental version of Gandhi: gaunt, with a line in his eyes, an unbreakable will, and a singular focus on protecting what is most precious to him: wild nature.

If the nearly, $100 price tag for this set seems a little steep, know that a portion of your money is going towards preserving the forests and wildlife of central Africa. It is among the best $100 you will ever spend.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An Outstanding Record of an Incredible Expedition 7 Sep 2005
By Edward Cotton - Published on Amazon.com
These books are a remarkable record of Mike Nichols and Mike Fay's trip across Congo and Gabon. A trip that took them to the deepest reaches of Africa's jungle and in-touch with wildlife and people never previosly recorded by a western expedition.

Nicholas photographs offer a candid glimpse at human and animal life inside these incredible countries. Thanks to the efforts of Fay and Nichols, these countries now have national parks that can protect at least some of this land.

You can also do your bit, as some of the proceeds of the book's sale go to conservation efforts in Africa.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the money 20 Sep 2006
By A. Chang - Published on Amazon.com
This book contains some of the most spectacular photographs I have ever seen. There are amazing close-ups of reptiles, amphibians, and insects, aerial views of Africa, and stirring photos of mammals. A few photos are disturbing to see, such as the look of a terrified baby monkey clinging on to its mother shot dead by a hunter. Each photo is printed FULL size on thick quality semi-glossy paper on a single side, so if you wanted to, you could cut out certain photos and put it in a frame. Best of all, the author mentions that "The proceeds from the sales of this book go to fund conservation efforts in Africa".
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique Book 31 Aug 2006
By ajctraveler - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is amazing, in its presentation and its content. The photography is first rate for an expedition of which pictures were not their main objective. The journal entries in the second book of the set will make you feel as if you are part of the trip especially if you have been to Africa before. I highly recommend this book as a coffee table piece or as a fascinating read.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond words 29 April 2006
By Jacob Lawrence - Published on Amazon.com
This book is an absolute masterpiece. One of the best of our times. Dr. Faye's journey itself was incredible. His mission or obsession to save the central African is relentless. This book is a tribute to him, Nick Nicols, whose photography surpasses anyone's both in quality and purpose, and to the deepest, darkest Africa.

Also recommended - Traces of Eden: The Last of the American Wilderness
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